Mossbrae Falls Off Limits to Visitors

by Shasta Cascade on August 12, 2011

I have some unbelievable news out of Dunsmuir: Mossbrae Falls is now off limits to visitors.   The  Siskiyou County Sheriff started a crackdown the 4th of July weekend and cited a several dozen people who were visiting the falls.  In addition, the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce has posted a warning on their website saying that the falls is closed.

The reason for the crackdown is that the falls have become too popular.  The number of visitors during peak weekends has overwhelmed the parking and trail capacity.  Officials at Union Pacific railroad have also been uncomfortable with the number of people walking along their tracks to the falls.  (Just for background, there is no official trail going to the falls: to get there, you have to walk a mile along private train tracks).

This is a serious setback for the community.   Since Dunsmuir is so severely depressed economically, it’s likely that it would be many years (if ever) before any trail is built so the public can access the falls.

In the meantime, I can guarantee that this won’t stop people from trying to visit the Falls:  making the Falls off-limits will only increase its appeal.

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Dunsmuir Momma October 6, 2011 at 11:27 pm

You’re right, it won’t stop people from visiting the falls. My family and I still walk to the falls, we just have to park a little further away. We also go during the week in the mornings or early part of the day when tourists are not about. The falls are amazing and it’s a crying shame that no public entity ever had the vision to ensure foot access along either bank of the river.

Maryanne Gobble Photography November 22, 2011 at 11:25 am

I was hoping to go there for Thanksgiving but someone just was hit by a train a few days ago.

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